A new roof for Mountain Daisy

Flat roof renovation project for country cottageA country cottage situated in a beautiful location in the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, now has a long awaited new roof thanks to Roof Assured by Sarnafil.

The cottage, named ‘Mountain Daisy’, was built in 1860 and extended in the 1900’s to include a flat roof extension with a felt flat roof.  The current owners have lived in the cottage for 25 years. While enjoying living in such a picturesque location they admit the cottage is open to the elements and the roof gets a fair battering from the wind and rain during the winter.

After years of patching up leaks and carrying out temporary repairs, the couple decided that they had done enough troubleshooting and admitted the old, felt roof really had come to the end of its sell by date. They also felt that, until the old roof was replaced, they were at a standstill in carrying out other home improvements. The search was on for a new roof.

Their mission was to find a high performance, long lasting, solution that would blend in with the original slate roof and give years of maintenance free protection.

Why Roof Assured by Sarnafil?

The owners started some serious investigation online looking at different roofing options. Consideration was given to the size of the (70 m²) and also the location of the cottage. Surrounded by trees in the open countryside, the location was  exposed and any new roof would have to be practical and durable. They’d had enough  of the old felt roof cracking in the sunshine and expanding in the rain, causing leaks. After thoroughly researching they decided that a single ply membrane would be the best, long lasting option

and it was a friend that recommended Roof Assured by Sarnafil, the domestic arm of the global Sika Sarnafil group.

The search was finally over when they were introduced to Alex Manousos, Managing Director, South Wales Single Ply Roofing and a member of the Roof Assured by Sarnafil approved installer network.

Alex continues the story: “We were delighted to be commissioned for the project – a lovely old cottage in a beautiful location in the Wye Valley. We met with the owners and discussed the features and benefits of the Sarnafil single ply membrane roofing solution, explained the installation process and showed them samples of the membrane.  A new roof is usually a once in a lifetime purchase and the Sarnafil strong heritage and brand credentials are very reassuring for anyone considering the investment. By the end of our meeting we were all in agreement that the Sarnafil solution would be the perfect replacement for the old felt roof.

As you can expect a perfect location sometimes presents its own challenges; with forty odd steps down to the cottage, access was tricky but once we had all the materials, membrane, decking and insulation on site, we set to work and everything went very smoothly from then on”.

The installation

As the installation progressed, Alex and the owners discussed the best way to blend the new Sarnafil roof, at the rear of the cottage, with the back of the existing, pitched, slate roof. It made perfect sense to everyone to remove the slates from the back of the pitch and extend the single ply membrane all the way up to the roof ridge. This created a strong, uniform (with no breaks or joins) roof across the entire rear of the cottage.  The lead grey membrane was also finished with batten rolls to create a lead roof effect which complimented the heritage of ‘Mountain Daisy’.

The project was carried out during five frosty, cold days in February which shows the versatility of the Sarnafil single ply membrane. It can be installed in virtually all weathers meaning an all year round business opportunity for installers. It also makes it easier for homeowners to have a new roof when they want it, rather than having to wait because an installer order book is squeezed into a few summer months.

Alex admits that the cold on the roof was offset by the kind owners who regularly supplied them with tea and hot cross buns:  “We couldn’t praise Alex and his team enough” they said.  “They were so nice and professional and couldn’t have worked harder.  It was so cold in February but every day they were up on the roof early and only took the occasional short break.  They were fantastic”.

This was the first time Alex had used the new, Sarnafil self adhered membrane: “We were absolutely blown away by the new self adhered membrane.  It’s easy to work with, is faster to install and gives a great finish.  Going forward I can see that we are going to be using this for more and more installations”.

For the owners this is a great achievement to see the end of a long awaited project: “Now we can start decorating because we know that we can!  Whereas before we were holding off with things like new carpets because we didn’t know if we were going to get leaks. In fact the roof looks so good that it has flagged up all the other areas of the cottage that need doing!  We’ve waited a long time to have a roof we can rely on.  The finished roof looks fantastic and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

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